Roulette is an enjoyable casino game and it has gained a lot of popularity over the years. The game’s origins date back to 18th century France. The game is believed to be an amalgam of the English wheel games called Roly Poly, Reiner, Ace of Hearts and E.O. Over the years the roulette wheel has become a symbol for gambling and enjoyment and people relate to it immediately.

The game is of course based on luck. A little metal ball is spun into a spinning wheel that is divided into numbered slots. Your job is to predict what number the ball is going to drop into when it comes to rest. The game is found at ever land based casino. And now you can find it on the internet too. Online casinos offer varieties of online roulette games and the graphics are simply amazing. You can actually see the ball and wheel in motion and the table looks very realistic too.

As mentioned earlier the game is about predicting the number that the ball falls into. Now how many numbers are there on a roulette wheel? Well roulette has several versions. Some of the most popular are American roulette, European online casino roulette. The main factor that distinguishes the two is the number of slots on the wheel. You will find that the European wheel has numbers from 1 to 36 marked on the wheel and also a zero (0) slot as well, whereas in the American version there is an extra double zero (00) slot. The slots are also colored black and red alternately and the zero slots are colored green.

The roulette table is divided into 3 columns where the numbers 1 to 36 are depicted and the zero and double zero (if it’s an American table). There are also spaces to place your bets on.

There are two major categories of bets these are inside and outside bets.

Inside bets

Straight: These bets are placed on single numbers, so you could bet on any single number from 1 to 36 and even on the zeros.

Split: You place your bets on two numbers that are adjacent to each other on the table, horizontally or vertically. For example you could bet on 16 and 17 – these are adjacent to each other horizontally, or you could even bet on the two numbers 27 and 30 because they are adjacent vertically.

Street: Here bets are placed on three numbers that lie in a single horizontal line.

Corner, also called square: Here you can place bets on four numbers that form a square on the table.

Six line: bets are placed on two streets that are next to each other. That is bets are placed on 6 numbers in all.

Trio: Here bets are placed on point of intersection of 3 numbers.

Outside bets:

These bets offer smaller payouts but have better odds of winning

1-18: in this bet, a player wins if any of numbers from 1-18 come up.

19-36: Players win when any one number from 19-36 comes up

Red/black: you could bet on the color of the number too.

Odds/even: you can place a bet that the number that comes up is odd or even

Dozen: It’s a bet placed on a group of 12 numbers in succession, so you could bet on 1-12, 13-24 and so on.

Column bets: these bets are placed on 12 numbers in a column.